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dyeing fabric?

shannonmgarvey | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi. I’m trying to dye some light grey lace to a darker more bluish gray. I need to match it for a bridesmaids dress. I’ve been using RIT dye but can’t seem to get the color right. I’ve been calling a bunch of dry cleaners and alterations places in Chicago to see if someone will do it, but I can’t find anyone. Does anyone have any suggestions?


  1. fabricholic | | #1

    Have you looked at http://www.dharmatrading.com? They have good dyes and some tips in their catalogs.

  2. jatman | | #2

    This is sort of a strange suggestion but have you tried any of the places that dye shoes to match?  Maybe if you found one of the places that sells the dyeable shoes they might tell you who they use and you can go from there.

    Good luck! 


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    Becky-book | | #3

    Do you have to start with the lt. gray lace?  Dying is easier if you can start with a white base.

    What is the fiber content of the lace? once you know that, Dharma is your best bet for dyes.


  4. user-51823 | | #4

    is the lace resisting taking the color or are you just having trouble finding the right hue? ie, the lace is taking the dye strong enough but it's coming out warmer / cooler / brighter / duller than you want?
    if this is the case, use an artist's color wheel to help you tweak the shade. going from light gray to darker and bluer, if it's coming out duller (less "intense"), then as becky said, you might need to start with a white lace for purer color. or, first try a strong blue dye, dry it, and see how it looks. if it's too intense (bright blue instead of dull grayish blue), then it will be easier to dull it back down either with a little black or the opposite on the color wheel (brown or orange). the color wheel will help you visualize what to add to bring the hue where you want it.
    "...lost in an orchestral maelstrom of lunacy..."

    Edited 6/27/2007 1:30 pm ET by msm-s

  5. tmorris1 | | #5

    Shannon;Great suggestions thus far, Msm triggered another thought in the light/dark area. You need to consider what fabric your lace is made of, a nylon or polyester will resist dying more than a cotton will.Oh, and do not forget to soak your lace in a water, vinegar, and epsom salt solution to set the color, or it may run onto the dresses.T.

    Edited 6/27/2007 9:09 pm ET by tmorris1

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